Spartans ready for tough road challenge.
Three-run third pushes Mavs past MSU.
OSU 4, MSU 3
Spartans begin 2015 season on Friday.
Anthony Checky went 3-for-4 with three RBIs.
2014 (FRESHMAN): All-Big Ten Freshman Team selection... Started in 38 games at second base during his freshman campaign, including each of the Spartans' last 37 games ... Hit .224 with a .327 on-base percentage... Recorded 28 hits and 14 RBIs ... Had five multiple hit games and four multiple RBI games ... Went 3-for-3 with an RBI in a win over Northwestern (4/26) ... Had three hits and two RBIs in a win over Eastern Michigan (5/7) ... Stole a base against Siena (4/5).
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letterwinner and two-time captain under his father, Coach Mark Nate, at Lakeshore High School . . . named to the Division II all-state second team by the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association . . . was selected to play in the Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association (MHSBCA) East-West All-Star Game at Comerica Park . . . led his summer team, the Kalamazoo Maroons, to a 53-3 record this past summer . . . three-year letterwinner and senior captain in football as the starting quarterback.
PERSONAL: Plans to major in general management . . . son of Mark and JoAnne Nate . . . born July 18, 1994 . . . chose Michigan State over Purdue, Grand Valley State, and Central Arizona.